Opposition parties ask court to dismiss Zuma state capture review

President Zuma has argued that as the president, only he has the power to set up a commission and he may not be directed to do so.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

PRETORIA - Opposition parties have asked the High Court not only to dismiss President Jacob Zuma’s State of Capture review application but order that the commission of inquiry be established within weeks.

The president has asked the court to set aside the remedial action which instructed him to establish a commission of enquiry led by a judge appointed by the Chief Justice.

Zuma has argued that as the president, only he has the power to set up a commission and he may not be directed to do so.

Cope and UDM’s advocate Dali Mpofu submitted a draft order which he argues will vindicate the rights of the public.

"The Public Protector must be ordered to deliver this order to the Chief Justice no later than five days of this order. The presidetn to appoint within 15 days of this order a commision of inquiry, headed by Judge Solile, selected by the Chief Justice, which shall provide one name to the president within five days after receipt of a copy of this order."

Mpofu says that Zuma is abusing the court process.

"Remember we are dealing with a historical situation here of legendary abuse of court systems and processes, whether you're talking about Nkandla, spy tapes or this matter. We have a situation where the courts are being abused simply for nothing to be done."

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